Office of Sustainability

Working to improve quality of life in Philadelphia by providing environmental, equity, economic, and health benefits for all.

Office of Sustainability

What we do

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) works with partners around the City to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future.

OOS is responsible for implementing Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, which is made up of eight visions:

  • Accessible food and drinking water
  • Healthy outdoor and indoor air
  • Clean and efficient energy
  • Climate-prepared and carbon-neutral communities
  • Quality natural resources
  • Accessible, affordable, and safe transportation
  • Zero Waste
  • Engaged students, stewards, and workers

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Address
One Parkway Building
1515 Arch St., 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email sustainability@phila.gov

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Events

  • Feb
    19
    Philadelphia Public Health Ground Rounds: Climate Change and the Air We Breathe
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Philadelphia Public Health Ground Rounds: Climate Change and the Air We Breathe

    February 19, 2020
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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    REGISTER muttr.org/airquality MODERATOR Marilyn V. Howarth, MD, FACOEM Adjunct Associate Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Climate change is expected to increase outdoor air pollution due to a variety of reasons, including increased energy requirements. The health impacts of worsening air pollution are many; some of which already exist in our area, and can disproportionately affect specific populations. This Public Health Grand Rounds will engage local experts on air pollution science, healthimpacts, and air monitoring to better understand local exposures in neighborhoods and policy recommendations to improve air quality and health in Philadelphia. The session aims to provide attendees with an understanding of the air pollution problem in our region and tools and strategies to implement as individuals and on a community level.
  • Feb
    22
    Transit Equity Day Town Hall
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, 1936 N, Judson St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Transit Equity Day Town Hall

    February 22, 2020
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 2 hours
    Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, 1936 N, Judson St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    The Philadelphia Transit Equity Coalition invites you to our second annual Transit Equity Day celebration. Join us for a two hour town hall-style discussion on how we can create a more equitable transportation system in Philadelphia. There will be structured discussion and birthday cake.

    We want to hear from you! Bring your stories and ideas for how to improve SEPTA and the rest of Philadelphia’s transportation system. We invite you to share and listen throughout a series of small group and large group discussions. Elected officials will be present to hear from you.

    February 22 marks the 181st birthday of Octavius Catto, who worked on the desegregation of Philadelphia’s horse-drawn trolleys. Octavius Catto's actions affirmed that everyone has a right to public transit.

    Throughout the event, Scribe Video Center will be present to record your stories and hopes about transit as part of an ongoing oral history project.

    1:00 - 1:20: Gallery walk and introductions. Where did you come from, and how did you get here?

    1:20 - 2:10: Facilitated small group discussion. What does Transit Equity mean to you? How do you want to change transportation in Philadelphia?

    2:15 - 3:00: Full group discussion and report backs. Then we eat cake!

    You can read about last year’s Transit Equity Day here and here.

    RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/transit-equity-day-town-hall?source=direct_link&

  • Feb
    25
    Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future
    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    West Chester University, Asplundh Concert Hall

    Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

    February 25, 2020
    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 2 hours
    West Chester University, Asplundh Concert Hall
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    Special Guest Speaker Mary Robinson, one of the world's most respected advocates for climate justice: - United Nations Envoy on Climate Change - Former President of Ireland - Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - US Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient (2009) Mary Robinson leads the Mary Robinson Foundation- Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education, and advocacy for the poor and disempowered in the world that are disproportionately threatened by climate change. She has moved audiences around the world with her passionate and hopeful calls for all nations to work together to fight for a sustainable future. Tickets available online at wcupatix.com (click "other campus events" or by calling the SSI Ticket Ofrfice at 610-436-2266. General admission $22.

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